“If I was on afternoon shift I would cook my dad's meal and Mel's dinner in the morning. She'd only have to come home from school, do her homework and feed her pets. Kids thrive on that little bit of independence.”
Filled with optimism for the future, Judy says Melanie’s sponsorship has opened doors for the whole family. And the emotional support from their Smith Family Program Coordinator, Kim, gave Judy the encouragement she needed when things got tough.
“I've had a few little issues in my life in the past and I rang Kim. She had a little chat to me and we got through it,” says Judy (pictured to the right).
“Without The Smith Family’s help we would never, ever be in the position that we are in today. We are so grateful for the help.”
Learning for Life Program Coordinator, Kim (left), offers support to Melanie (centre) and mum Judy (right)